Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Upcoming Events & General Reminders

Fire Fighters Visit

Unfortunately the Fire Fighters and Firetrucks visit had to be postponed until next Tuesday 18th September, the fire fighters got called out to two emergencies the morning of the scheduled visit. The good news is the children have more time to think of questions they would like to ask the fire fighters.

After the Storm

We hope all of your families and friends survived the big storm last Friday night. The staff and the Pre-school have spent alot of time cleaning up the outdoors after the garden flooded but hopefully the much needed rain will provide exactly what the garden needs to get some spring growth happening.

Kindergarten Visitors

On Tuesday and Friday this week our class has the opportunity to listen to some of the Banksmeadow Kindergarten Children talk about their primary school experience. A benefit of attending a pre-school which is attached to a primary school is our pre-schoolers get many opportunities to "prepare" for "Big school".

Outcome 1 : Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children have a strong sense of identity.
  • Children feel safe, secure, and supported
  • Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self- identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Joshua's House in the Storm

The Children used chalk on the concrete this week and Joshua was very excited to draw a picture of the storm and his house. He walked over to Miss Mandy and pulled her arm saying "look, look" ...he pointed at the picture and said, "this is my home and this is the storm". For Joshua to go to a teacher and want to share what he has done shows he has developed a respectful and trusting relationship with the staff at the pre-school. By term 3 it is lovely to see that many the children who have been at pre-school all year have the sense of achievement and confidence in their interactions with teachers.

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

  • Children respond to diversity with respect

  • Children become aware of fairness

  • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Skipping Rope

One skipping rope provided many wonderful opportunities for interactions and dialogue between children. Conrad was particularly keen on holding one end of the rope and making sure he was connected to someone else at the other end. Ruby, Easton, Conrad and Elizabeth got a game going without any input from the teachers and really enjoyed each others company. They were all happy to take turns but when Elizabeth had been holding the end of the rope for a while she said "now it's your turn to hold". As they were jumping they gradually moved quite close to the fence. The group realised this would impact on the effectiveness of the skipping and made a group decision to move away to another area to skip.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

  • Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

  • Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one setting to another

  • Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

The Centipede and the Slater

Curiosity ! One of the most wonderful gifts of early childhood.

Ava found a centipede in the garden and gently picked it up letting it rest on her hand. She said, "It's a centipede and its really big. Easton was close by and came over for a look, he said, "that's tiny and it's as tiny as my thumb!" Mia went inside and brought out her own little creature she had brought from home in a plastic container.

Ava said, " mum said I can keep bugs if I want"

Mia responded, "not from school Ava"

Ava looked at the teacher - "can I keep it?"

The age old problem of wanting to keep things we find interesting!!!! We decided, however, that it is best we let the bug go by returning it to where it came from.

This will lead our group to more discussions about animals and their habitat and work with the children in forming their own opinions of how best to care for animals both big and small.